A sidebar on your website can be very useful for your site visitors. You can place navigation menus or display some important information in the sidebar section. Placing navigation menus in a sidebar will allow your visitors to quickly navigate from one page to another on your website. In this section, you can display your contact information so that your potential customers can quickly find it and can easily contact you. This can increase your sales. A sidebar may also increase site engagement if you provide appropriate links in this section. A Bootstrap sidebar will not just be useful, it will also look nice on your website. It will enhance your site’s look.
Are you in search of high-quality, free Bootstrap sidebar templates? In this article, I’m going to walk you through the most amazing free Bootstrap sidebar templates.
Bootstrap sidebar with vertical tabs
This Bootstrap sidebar is positioned on the left side of the webpage. It has vertical tabs with a hover effect. On mouse hover over the tabs, sections of texts appear on the webpage. So your website users do not have to click on the tabs to view the sections of texts. By just hovering the mouse over the texts, he/she can see the content under each of the tabs. A CodePen user with the username ‘Vosidiy M’ has developed this sidebar example using Bootstrap.
If you need this kind of a sidebar for your website for showing texts under vertical tabs, you can download this template and can use it on your website. Its design is very standard. By tweaking it a bit, it will look better and more appropriate on your site.More info / Download Demo
Sidebar layout by Brenna Veen
This Bootstrap sidebar layout by Brenna Veen would be a great fit for a modern web application. As you can see from the screenshot, this sidebar is positioned on the left side of the webpage. The white texts are under a black background. This sidebar contains navigation menus clicking which the user can navigate to the various pages of the website.
Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to use a sidebar for only showing navigation menus, you can also display other things such as your contact information or your company information in the sidebar section. This sidebar has a vertical scroll bar on the right side, which allows the user to scroll down. On a smaller screen or a small browser window, the user can see the remaining menus in the sidebar using the scroll bar.More info / Download Demo
Fixed Bootstrap sidebar by Daan Vankerkom
This is a fixed Bootstrap sidebar made by Daan Vankerkom. In this sidebar, there are two sections of navigation menus under the heading ‘Project Name’. The text color of the navigation menus is white while the background color is black. So the texts look bright. There are small, interesting icons with each of the menus.
There is a hover effect that you can see when you keep your mouse over the menus. On mouse hover, the background color of the menus changes to blue (a variation of blue actually). The overall design is good but if you want, you can make some changes and try to enhance the design.More info / Download Demo
Collapsing sidebar by Andrea
As the name of the pen suggests, a group of menus in this sidebar collapses when the group heading is clicked. In this way, you can organize a long list of menu items and also can allow your site visitors to easily browse the menu items in the sidebar section. There’s also a vertical scroll bar. So when the user is on a small screen or a small browser window, he/she can scroll down the list of menus to see the menus at the bottom of the list.
The text color of the menu items is blue and the color of the icons is also blue, which means that the text color matches well with the color of the icons.More info / Download Demo
Sidebar example by Cem Gündüzoğlu
This sidebar example has a very standard design. Designed with Bootstrap, this sidebar has a sample content in it, meaning there are neither navigation menus, nor any kind of information displayed. Rather, it has a sample image and a sample text. So if you want to use it on your site, you have to add your texts and a suitable image.
The basic design has been done. So you don’t need to worry about the design. You just have to add content. And adding content is very easy. Just examine the code. You can easily understand how to add text and images if you know the very basics of web development (knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc.).More info / Download Demo
SideNav by a CodePen user
This sidebar template has been developed by a CodePen user with the username ‘m’. On the left side of the webpage, there’s a menu icon. When you click on the menu icon, the sidebar appears, which contains navigation menus. It has three menu items, which are ‘Home’, ‘About’, and ‘Contact’. You have to link to your homepage, about page, and the contact page so that the user is taken to those pages when he/she clicks on these menus.
You can see a cool effect when you hover your mouse over the menu items. The user can hide the sidebar anytime by clicking the menu icon.More info / Download Demo
Bootstrap sidebar by Jamie Bowers
This is a cool Bootstrap sidebar developed by Jamie Bowers. A vertical scroll bar and a toggle button are the impressive features of this sidebar example. When the user will click on the toggle button, the sidebar will toggle. The vertical scroll bar is useful when you want to add a long list of menu items in the sidebar. The user can see all the menu items by scrolling down the menu items using the scroll bar. The background color is black but you can change it if you don’t like this color or if you want to use a matching color so that the sidebar looks good with your existing website’s design.More info / Download Demo
Collapsible sidebar by Rémi Cauchon
This is a beautiful collapsible sidebar developed by a CodePen user. As the name of this pen suggests, the sidebar collapses when the menu icon is clicked. The user can make it appear again by clicking the menu icon again. In the sidebar, there are navigation menus. There are menus under which there are sub-menus. When you click on these menus, the sub-menus appear. And when you click on them again, the group of sub menus collapses. The background color that has been used is yellow. When you hover your mouse over the menus, the background color of the menu items changes to grey.
If you don’t like this color combination or if you think this color combination will not fit well with your existing website’s design, you can change the colors from the code.More info / Download Demo
Bootstrap sidebar by Truong Tran
This is a very stylish Bootstrap sidebar example developed by a CodePen user with the username ‘Truong Tran’. There’s a sample heading on the top. The heading is ‘Dummy Heading’, which you should change to something meaningful and appropriate. The sidebar toggles when you click on the toggle button positioned beside the sidebar. Clicking the toggle button shows/hides the sidebar. So when the user doesn’t need the sidebar, he/she can hide it by clicking the toggle button. And when he/she needs it, he/she can make it visible again by clicking the toggle button. The toggle button is always visible. So the user can always bring back the sidebar clicking the toggle button.
Some of the menu items have groups of sub-items. The sub-items are displayed when the menu items are clicked. And they collapse when the menus are clicked again.More info / Download Demo
Bootstrap sidebar by Mauricio
This is an amazing Bootstrap sidebar template developed by Mauricio. This is a sample sidebar. So you may have to modify various aspects in this sidebar so that it looks good on your website. On top of the sidebar, there’s a space for placing your brand name or your company’s logo. Then there are menus in this sidebar example. This sidebar comes with a vertical scroll bar. So when there’s a long list of menus, the user can scroll down the list of menu items and can see all the menus even if all of the menu items do not fit into the screen.
The background color that has been used in this sidebar example is light grey. On mouse hover, the background color of the menu items changes to white and the menu items move a little bit, which is an interesting mouse hover effect.More info / Download Demo
A pen by Attila Albert
This is a modern Bootstrap template developed by Attila Albert, which shows you a map of the world. The heading is ‘Places’. The menus in this sidebar are names of places. When you click on a particular name of a place, that place is shown on the map. There are just three menus with sample texts. You can add more menus and change the texts to actual names of places that you want to show on the map. On clicking the menu icon, the sidebar collapses. And on clicking it again, it reappears. And on mouse hover, the text color of the menu items changes to red, which is a nice hover effect.More info / Download Demo
A sidebar template by Rijdzuan Sampoerna
This is an awesome sidebar template developed by a CodePen user named Rijdzuan Sampoerna. This example has been designed using Bootstrap. So it looks nice and cool. In this sidebar, there are navigation menus. There are five menu items, which are ‘Dashboard’, ‘Components’, ‘Extras’, ‘Apps’, and ‘Link’. If you need more menu items, you can add more of them with appropriate texts. There is a vertical scroll bar. So in case if you have to add too many items in this sidebar, the user will be able to scroll down the list of items using the scroll bar. So the user can see all of the menu items even if they do not fit into the device screen.
There are sub-items under the menu item ‘Apps’. Clicking this menu item opens up the sub-items. And clicking it again collapses them.More info / Download Demo
Fancy sidebar by Tio Jevero
This fancy sidebar template developed by Tio Jevero looks very amazing. The design is simply awesome. On top of it, there’s a space where you can place a heading that will be your brand name or your logo. Like the previous sidebar, this one also comes with a vertical scroll bar. There are menu items below the heading. There’s a cool hover effect. The background color applied in this sidebar is black and the text color is white but when you hover your mouse over the menu items, the menu items’ background color changes to sky blue. Click the ‘Demo’ button below to see a preview of this template and see how beautiful the hover effect is.
If the sidebar is not visible on the webpage, clicking the menu icon will make it visible. Then a cross icon appears on the right side of the sidebar clicking which hides the sidebar.More info / Download
A sidebar example by Pongsawat Pasom
This is a great sidebar example made by Pongsawat Pasom, a CodePen user. On the right-hand side of the sidebar, there are a menu icon and a toggle bar. You can hide the sidebar by clicking any one of them. And to make the sidebar appear again on the webpage, you have to click any one of them, either the menu icon or the toggle button. In this sidebar, there are sample headings and sample menu items. You need to change them if you want to use this template on your website. If you like this template, download it and use it. Integrating it into your site is easy.More info / Download Demo
Bootstrap sidebar by Hussein
This sidebar developed by Hussein is a beautiful example of a Bootstrap sidebar. The background color is black while the text color is white. The sidebar contains navigation menus. Clicking each of the menu items will display the user a webpage. For example, if the user clicks on the ‘About’ menu, the user can see the About page displayed. When you hover over the menu items, their background color changes to grey. This kind of hover effects enhances user experience. There’s a small icon on the right side of the sidebar, clicking which hides/shows the sidebar. There are small, nice icons with each of the menu items.More info / Download Demo
A pen by Davi Souza
This pen created by Davi Souza is a high-quality sidebar example designed with Bootstrap. When the sidebar is not visible, the user can make it visible by clicking the menu icon that you can see on the left of the website. When the sidebar appears on the webpage, you can hide it again by clicking anywhere outside the sidebar. The heading is a sample text which is ‘Bootstrap Sidebar’. This needs to be changed if you’re going to use this template on your website.
There is a cool hover effect on the menu items. Some of the menu items have groups of sub-items under them, which you can see by clicking the menu items. When you click them again, they collapse. Using sub-items, you can beautifully organize the menus.More info / Download Demo
A pen by wirsmann
This pen has been created by a CodePen user with the username ‘wirsmann’. This is a very simple Bootstrap sidebar. If you’re looking for an extremely simple sidebar, you can use this one on your website. It contains navigation menus for each section of the content on the webpage. When the user clicks on a menu item, he/she will be taken to the corresponding section of content. So the user can navigate to various sections of content on the page by clicking the navigation menus.
You can have this kind of sidebar on your website if some of your web pages contain a huge amount of text or a very long article. By using the menus, the user can quickly jump to the section they are interested in.More info / Download Demo
A sidebar template by Patrick Hayes
This is a modern sidebar example developed by Patrick Hayes. It looks very stylish. The sidebar has some navigation menus. You can include sub-items under the main menus. You can add your company’s logo on the top of the sidebar. The menu items have small icons with them. So they look attractive. These menu icons beside the menu items will help the user quickly understand what each menu is about.
Click the ‘Demo’ button below to see a preview of the template, and if you think that this kind of sidebar example will fit well on your website, you can download it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below and integrate into your website. By using this free template, you can save a lot of time as you don’t need to make a sidebar from scratch.More info / Download Demo
Quick Bootstrap sidebar by Olumide Falomo
This is a super simple sidebar example made by Olumide Falomo. It has a heading and navigation menus. The texts that you can see in the sidebar are just for preview. So you have to add texts for the heading and the menu items. The sidebar looks very standard because of the white text with a black background. Apart from this, the texts become brighter on mouse hover. And when you keep your mouse over one of these navigation menu items, the background color of these items changes to grey. Although making this kind of template from scratch won’t take much time, you can use it to save some time.More info / Download Demo
Bootstrap sidebar by Luís Fernando Richter
This Bootstrap sidebar template by Luís Fernando Richter has navigation menus divided into two sections with the headings ‘MAIN MENU’ and ‘OPTIONS’. The color combination used in this template is amazing. The text color is white while the background color is deep blue. There are small, interesting icons beside each of the menu items. These small icons match very well with the text color. On mouse hover, the background color of the menu items changes to black, which is a cool hover effect.
When you click on ‘Collapse’, the sidebar collapses but the menus don’t get hidden completely. Only the texts hide and the sidebar’s width decreases when you click on ‘Collapse’. So even when the sidebar collapses, the user can see the menus and can click them.More info / Download Demo
This article gave you a useful list of the most amazing free Bootstrap sidebar templates that you can integrate into your website. If you have some web development skills, you can easily build this kind of sidebars. But making them will still take some time. So by using these free templates, you can save some time. If you’re going to use one of these templates, let me know in the comments section which one you have chosen for your website.